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[Korea] Join KTO’s Lotus Lantern temple stay experience!

  • Date03/29/2013
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Photo credit: Celebration Committee for Buddha's Birthday

In celebration of the 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival, the Korea Tourism Organization will hold a special temple stay program for international tourists.

Participants in the program will stay at Jeondeungsa Temple located in Ganghwa-gun, Incheon-si for two days and one night to experience Buddhist culture. Temple visitors will learn more about temple etiquette, meditation, and Barugongyang (the act of eating as a part of practicing discipline and self control). They will also participate in the lantern parade, the Lotus Lantern Festival’s main event, which takes places in downtown Seoul. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to Korea.

The participation fee is 60,000 won and applications are available via e-mail. The application deadline is April 19, and 100 applicants will get the chance to participate in the program

More info

<2013 Lotus Lantern Festival Special Program>
Venue: Jeondeungsa Temple, Ganghwa-gun Incheon-si
Period: May 10 (13:00) – May 11 (22:00), 2013
Application period: March 26 – April 19, 2013 (Application deadline is at 18:00 on April 19 KST)
Detailed Schedule (2 days and 1 night)

Date  Scheduled Events Notes

May 10

learning Group dance for Hoehyanghanmadang*,
learning temple etiquette, Barugongyang, meditation

※ Hoehyanghanmadang: event in which all participants in the Lotus lantern festival dance together with monks. This dance is inclusive of individuals from all walks of life.



May 11

108 prostrations, Lotus Lantern making, Buddhist film screening, sharing tea and conversation with the monks
Participating in the lotus lantern parade and Hoehyanghanmadang* (Location: Jogyesa Temple area in Jongno-gu, Seoul-si)

Participation fee: 60,000 won ※Payment can be made on site.
Maximum number of participants: 100 individuals
Application: via e-mail ( with your name, nationality, phone number, e-mail address. (English, Japanese, Chinese)
※ E-mail announcement on the result will be sent out on April 22.
Inquiries: (English, Japanese, Chinese)
Korea Tourism Organization’s official website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Russian)
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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Tip. The venue may change to Yongjusa Temple located in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do Province depending on Jeondeungsa Temple’s hosting situation. Detailed information will be provided on April 22 with the application results sent via e-mail.

Courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization